At JWU we don’t just follow textbooks. We really get into the real world. Professors continually recertify. Recently I worked directly with winemakers in Bordeaux and Napa.”


I am originally from the United Kingdom from a town called Chester. I studied Institutional Management and Hotel Catering at Manchester Metropolitan University and worked for Hilton International, Queens Moat Houses, Bass Charrington Breweries and West Midland Taverns, where I was focused primarily on food and beverage.

In 1990 I had the opportunity to go and work in Switzerland for 5 years and teach hospitality students. It was during my time there that I received my MBA from Oxford Brookes University.

During the last year I was sent on a faculty exchange to JWU’s Providence Campus, where I eventually secured a full-time position.

I have worked for the university for 18 years, including time at Providence, Charleston and Charlotte (where I currently work).

My primary focus is on wine education. I have received a Diploma and a Sommelier Certification from the International Sommelier Guild. I also have a Diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). I am a member of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) and hold their Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) and the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) awards.

In my current role at JWU Charlotte, I educate Food Service Management juniors and seniors. I also work with any other students who are concentrating in Wines and Spirits and who can eventually certify in the Intermediate and Advanced WSET (London) program and Society of Wine Educators (SWE) certifications. I also educate the general public in the form of educators programs that are run annually.

I also have written and set up Chefs’ Choice programs for the general public. I generally run two per year focusing in wines of the New World and Europe. I also teach the Intermediate and Advanced WSET program to the general public.

I am chair of the Charlotte Campus’ Scholarship Committee, which works to ensure that students secure as much funding as possible through organizations such as the American Hotel and Lodging Education Foundation. I am also heavily involved in curriculum development, particularly online programs. I helped introduce the Sommelier minor in 2016 and also the Beverage Industry Operations & Retail Management bachelor’s degree program that was introduced in 2017.

Areas of expertise

  • Beverage appreciation
  • Hospitality systems
  • Restaurant management
  • Wine and spirits education


  • Society of Wine Educators, 2007-present


  • 2005 + 2006: Johnson and Wales University Special Merit Teaching Award